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Anglican-Catholic Expectations

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The Vatican has announced plans for the first meeting of a new phase of Anglican-Catholic dialogue which will take place from May 17th to 27th at the Monastery of Bosé in the north of Italy..

Ten Catholic and ten Anglican experts in ecumenism will discuss the theme ‘Church as Communion – local and universal’, looking at how this relationship affects the two Churches’ teaching on the ethical questions of our day.
But how will this new phase of the dialogue be affected by the recent establishiment of the new Ordinariate for former Anglicans? What are the expectations for these talks? And how will they be received by ordinary Anglicans or Catholics in the pews?

To find out more, Philippa Hitchen spoke to Msgr. Mark Langham, the Catholic co-secretary of this third phase of the ARCIC dialogue:

“It’s a theme which really arose out of the discussions of the Holy Father and Archbishop Rowan Williams when they met in Rome and are very much related to issues affecting the Anglican Communion at the moment - discussions on what makes the Church and how individual churches relate to the wider communion, so the main topic is about communion at local and universal level.”

Beyond that you’re looking at how this relates to pressing ethical issues of our day ….I
Yes, inevitably those are very much part of the scene but we’re not simply diving in and looking at those hot button issues. We’re trying to go behind them and see where those differences arise...we begin by stressing what we have in common and then moving forward from that to find out where and when and why we diverge. That’s a more productive and creative way of addressing our issues.

What kind of expectations do you have?
Ecumenical conversation is not just about discussing things when we’ve got things sorted out. It’s very much about discerning the will of God through the Spirit for us here and now and at this difficult time it’s perhaps more important than ever that we both try and listen out for the will of God for the church. We’re always saying that ecumenism is not a work of human hands, it’s actually the desire of God for his church, so we’re trying to clear away some of the clouds of human misapprehension so that we can understand more fully the will of God for his church. It’s hard to say what our expectations are… what is important is that we come together to affirm what we have in common and affirm our belief that the Lord is calling us together eventually in corporate union.

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(Source:  Vatican Radio)

 

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